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I. Introduction: Electoral Systems and Electoral Systems Resea 1. Introduction to Electoral Systems Michael Gallagher and Paul Mitchell 2. Comparative Electoral Systems Research: The Maturation of a Field and New Challenges Ahead Matthew Soberg Shugart 3. Why are There so Many (or so Few) Electoral Reforms? Richard S. Katz II. Single-Member Constituency Systems 4. Australia: The Alternative Vote in a Compliant Political Culture David M. Farrell and lan McAllister 5. Canada: Sticking to First-Past-the-Post, for the Time Being Louis Massicotte 6. France: Stacking the Deck Robert Elgie 7. India: Two-Party Contests within a Multiparty System Anthony Heath, Siana Glouharova and Oliver Heath 8. The United Kingdom: Plurality Rule under Siege Paul Mitchell 9. The United States of America: Perpetual Campaigning in the Absence of Competition Shaun Bowler, Todd Donovan, and Jennifer Van Heerde III. Mixed Systems 10. Germany: Stability and Strategy in a Mixed-Member Proportional System Thomas Saalfeld 11. Hungary: Holding back the Tiers Kenneth Benoit 12. Italy: A Case of Fragmented Bipolarism Roberto D'Alimonte 13. Japan: Haltingly Toward a Two-Party System Steven R. Reed 14. New Zealand: The Consolidation of Reform? Jack Vowles 15. Russia: The Authoritarian Adaptation of an Electoral System Stephen White IV. Closed-List Systems 16. Israel: The Politics of an Extreme Electoral System Gideon Rahat and Reuven Y. Hazan 17. South Africa: One Party Dominance Despite Perfect Proportionality Amanda Gouws and Paul Mitchell 18. Spain: Proportional Representation with Majoritarian Outcomes Jonathan Hopkin V. Preferential List Systems and PR-STV 19. Austria: A Complex Electoral System with Subtle Effects Wolfgang C. Miiller 20. Belgium: Empowering Voters or Party Elites? Lieven De Winter 21. Chile: The Unexpected (and Expected) Consequences of Electoral Engineering Peter M. Siavelis 22. Denmark: Simplicity Embedded in Complexity (or Is it the Other Way Round?) Jorgen Elklit 23. Finland: One Hundred Years of Quietude Tapio.Raunio 24. The Netherlands: The Sanctity of Proportionality Rudy B. Andeweg 25. Ireland: The Discreet Charm of PR-STV Michael Gallagher